PERSONAL  ORDINARIATE  OF  OUR  LADY  OF  WALSINGHAM     PRESS  RELEASE     Tuesday  17  January  2012   For  Immediate

 Release     For  further  details  please  contact  the  Communications  Officer:   The  Reverend  James  Bradley  (james.bradley@ordinariate.org.uk)       AN  AUSPICIOUS  DAY  MARKED  IN  NEWMAN’S  PULPIT     A   former   Anglican   priest   and   member   of   the   Personal   Ordinariate   of   Our   Lady  of  Walsingham  gave  the  Latin  Sermon  at  the  University  of  Oxford  this   weekend.     John   Hunwicke,   who   is   well   known   for   his   erudite   writing   on   liturgy   and   Classics,  gave  the  sermon  -­‐  not  a  sermon  in  the  usual  ecclesiastical  sense  -­‐   in  the  University  Church  of  St  Mary  the  Virgin  on  Sunday  15  January,  the   first   anniversary   of   the   establishment   of   the   Personal   Ordinariate   of   Our   Lady  of  Walsingham,  with  the  permission  and  blessing  of  the  Ordinary.     Whilst  still  an  Anglican,  Blessed  John  Henry  Newman  (who  is  the  patron  of   the  Ordinariate)  was  the  Vicar  of  St  Mary's  and  it  was  from  the  same  pulpit   that   he   preached   and   John   Keble   gave   his   Assize   Sermon,   that   the   Latin   Sermon  is  given.     John  Hunwicke  joins  other  Catholics,  including  Professor  Richard  Parish,  in   giving  the  Latin  Sermon.       ENDS                          

The  full  text  and  an  English  paraphrase  is  given  below:     Sunt   autem,   Oxonienses,   et   alii   pro   quibus   Omnipotentem   deprecari   possimus.  Mensis  enim  Ianuarii  dies  iam  quintus  decimus  lucescit;  qui  dies   quamquam   non   omnibus   candidus   laetitiam   tamen   nonnullis   haud   minimam   adferre   debet.   Nam   annus   unus   elapsus   est   ab   illo   die   quo   Benedictus   papa   eius   nominis   sextus   decimus,   advocatis   beata   Maria   et   beato  Iohanne  Henrico,  huius  ecclesiae  quondam  Vicario,  Ordinariatum  ut   vocant  erexit.  Quem  vero  pontificem,  in  Anglia  peregrinantem,  hos  apices   somniantes  non  visitasse,  virum  doctissimum  a  doctis  non  esse  receptum,   virum  erga  Dei  Genetricem  tam  pium  in  hac  eiusdem  ecclesia  locum  orandi   non  invenisse,  virum  scriptis  beati  Iohannis  Henrici  inter  primos  eruditum,   eius   altare,   eius   ambonem,   non   vidisse   –   dico   aperte   –   admodum   doleo.   Fingite,   Academici,   pontificem   porticum   illam   appropinquare   per   quam   beatus  Iohannes  Henricus  hanc  aedem  precaturus  contionaturus  litaturus   saepe   ingressus   est;   porticum   dico   iuxta   mentem   archiepiscopi   illius   aedificatam  qui  nomine  suo  martyrii  sui  LAUDes  designavit,  cuius  porticus   locum   summum   rite   coronata   Deipara   Virgo   tenet.   Columnas   idem   papa   agnovisset   quales   salomoniacas   nuncupatas   Iohannes   Laurentius   circa   altare   clavigeri   discipuli   in   colle   Vaticano   eisdem   fere   annis   ponebat   quibus  hunc  imaginem  hanc  porticum  has  columnas,  pignora  duco  populi   Christiani  in  unitatem  coniuncti,  alma  Academia  Oxonii  erigendas  curavit.   Quae   vero   facta   sunt   in   aevo   cum   oecumenico   tum   Mariano  quo  tempore   Roma   et   Cantuaria   paene   inter   se   osculatae   sunt;   quo   aevo   Catholicae   Ecclesiae   gubernacula   summus   ille   pontifex   et   Urbanus   et   doctus   tenebat   cuius   auspiciis   vates   quidem   Polonicus,   vir   ipso   Flacco   minime   indignus,   Virginis   “teretes   pedum   suras   non   humilem   lambere   Cynthiam”   canere   non  dedignatus  est.     Quae   tamen   mentibus   profanioribus   hodie   non   placere   videntur.   En!   –   Produco   vobis   virum   Philosophiae   Naturalis   peritum   qui   thymiamata   foetida   corda   sacrata   suavitatem   insulsam   ineptias   denique   virginum   polystephon   ausus   est   clamitare.   Qualis   vir   et   quot   elegantiarum   refertus!   Non   sic   Iohannes   vester   Henricus,   qui,   ut   ipse   dixit,   cultum   verum   beatissimae   illi   Virgini   adhibuit   cuius   in   collegio   vitam   degit   cuius   arae   inserviebat   quam   iuvenis   in   concione   Immaculatam   confessus   est.   Cuius   vocem   argenteam   quae   ecclesiam   hanc   ab   adulescentibus   frequentari   effecit   illi   muri   penitus   hauserunt;   quae   vox   doctrinam   Ecclesiae   Anglicanae   ne   cum   decretis   Concilii   Tridentini   discreparet   subtiliter   illustravit.   Alii   quoque   hic   auditi   sunt:   Hebraicae   dico   linguae   professorem   illum   Regium,   Eirenici   auctorem,   quo   non   alius   eo   tempore   doctior,   qui   Sacram   Eucharistiam,   scriptis   patrum   ecclesiarum   Graecarum   perpensis,   tanta   claritate   tamque   mirifice   exposuit   ut   ab   onere   infra   Universitatem   per   biennium   praedicandi   iniquo   iudicio   semotus   sit.   Num   immemores   sumus   mathematici   theologi   pastoris,   Aedis   Christi   quondam   Canonici   et  

Praelectoris   Bamptoniani,   qui   de   Catholica   veritate   et   Unitate   Christianorum  tam  occidentalium  quam  orientalium  indesinenter  scribere   solebat;  quales  viri  theologizantes  (ut  a  praesule  haud  ignoto  dictum  est)   infra   sonum   campanarum   ecclesiasticarum,   quamquam   in   Communione   Anglicana  mortui,  nihilominus  doctores  seiuncti  Ecclesiae  Catholicae  iuste   appellati  sunt.     Ideoque   et   nos,   tantam   habentes   impositam   nubem   testium,   Omnipotentem   deprecemur   pro   Ecclesia,   quam   pacificare   custodire   adunare   et   regere   sic   dignetur   ut   per   orbem   terrarum   Deo   Patri,   Filio,   et   Spiritui   Sancto   sit   gloria   et   magnificentia,   imperium   et   potestas,   et   nunc   et   in  omnia  saecula  saeculorum.  Amen.     ENGLISH  PARAPHRASE     What   a   long   list   of   names!   But   I   want   to   suggest   some   others   we   could   mention.   Today,   January   15,   is   exactly   one   year   since   the   occasion,   joyful   for  many  of  us,  when  Benedict  XVI  erected  an  ‘Ordinariate’  under  the  title   of   Our   Lady   of   Walsingham   and   Blessed   John   Henry   Newman.   A   shame,   don’t   you   think,   that,   during   his   visit   to   England,   the   Pope   was   unable   to   visit  Oxford  to  receive  a  fitting  welcome  from  his  fellow  academics  and  –  as   a   man   with   a   great   devotion   to   our   Lady   –   to   say   a   prayer   in   this   church   of   hers.  A  leading  expert  on  Newman,  he  could  have  seen  Newman’s  altar  and   pulpit.   Just   imagine   him,   walking   down   the   High   to   that   porch   through   which  Newman  so  often  entered  to  pray,  to  preach,  to  offer  the  Eucharistic   Sacrifice.   As   he   entered   this   church   through   the   porch   built   at   the   instigation  of  the  martyred  Archbishop  William  Laud  (whose  enemies  held   against   him   the   fact   that   it   contains   a   crowned   statue   of   our   Lady),   His   Holiness  would  have  been  made  to  feel  at  home  by  seeing  a  brace  of  twisty   baroque   pillars,   so   closely   similar   to   those   which   Bernini   contemporaneously  built  in  S  Peter’s,  Rome!     Laud’s   and   Bernini’s   decade   was   one   marked   with   apparently   realistic   expectations  of  unity  between  Rome  and  Canterbury.  I  do  not  only  refer  to   those   exuberant   columns:   the   crowned   statue   of   Mary   reminds   us   that,   during  the  Barberini  papacy,  Laudian  Oxford  seemed  to  be  joining  Catholic   Europe   in   devotion   to   the   Mother   of   God   –   a   devotion   which   could   be   learnedly   and   divertingly   combined   with   a   humanistic   appreciation   of   Classical   literature.   One   of   Urban   VIII’s   associates,   Maciej   Kazimierz,   ‘the   Christian   Horace’,   was   emboldened   to   embody   the   triumphantly   Marian   Woman   of   Revelation   12:   1   (who   has   the   moon   under   her   feet),   within   the   metre   and   format   of   Odes   III:28,   and   brought   together,   in   seven   concise   words,  the  tragic  figure  of  Cleopatra  in  Odes  I:37  and  the  slave  girl’s  ankles   from  Odes  II:4!  All  this  is  not  perhaps  quite  in  the  style  of  a  modern  secular   university.   It   seems   a   far   cry   from   Richard   Dawkins’   attack   upon   the  

Catholic   Church   with   her   “stench   of   incense   and   a   rain   of   tourist-­‐kitsch   sacred  hearts  and  preposterously  crowned  virgins”!  Indeed,  Newman  was   certainly   no   Dawkins;   he   looked   back   upon   his   years   as   Vicar   here   and   wrote   “I   had   a   true   devotion   to   the   Blessed   Virgin   in   whose   college   I   lived,   whose   altar   I   served,   and   whose   immaculate   purity   I   had   in   one   of   my   earliest  printed  sermons  made  much  of”.     The   walls   around   us   heard   Newman’s   ‘silver   voice’   gathering   in   great   herds  of  young  men.  As  an  Anglican,  he  worked  for  unity  in  writings  such   as  Tract  90;  but  his  voice  was  not  the  only  one  to  do  this.  Edward  Bouverie   Pusey,   most   learned   man   of   his   age,   author   of   an   Eirenicon,   preached   a   University   sermon   on   the   Eucharist,   crammed   with   quotations   from   the   Greek  Fathers,  which  led  to  his  suspension,  for  two  years,  from  preaching   before  the  University!  A  Bampton  Lecturer,  Eric  Mascall,  mathematician  as   well   as   theologian,   defended   Catholic   truth   and   wrote   of   the   unity   of   the   Eastern   and   Western   Churches.   Such   men   exemplified   Archbishop   Michael   Ramsey’s   description   of   the   Anglican   theological   method   as   “Divinity   done   within  the  sound  of  church  bells”!  These  and  men  like  them  may  have  died   as   Anglicans,   but   they   are   such   as   Aidan   Nichols,   a   Roman   Catholic   theologian,   had   in   mind   when   he   coined   the   felicitous   phrase   “separated   doctors  of  the  Catholic  Church”.     Surrounded,  then,  by  so  great  a  crowd  of  witnesses,  let  us  ask  God  to  grant   his   Church   such   peace,   protection   and   unity,   that   throughout   the   world,   to   Father   Son   and   Holy   Spirit   there   may   be   ascribed   glory   and   praise,   sovereignty  and  power,  both  now,  and  world  without  end.  Amen.